I'll confess that I don't watch much television news, but I have run across Greta Van Susteren through the years, principally when she served as an analyst during the O.J. Simpson trial. Since then, it would appear Ms. Van Susteren has parlayed her expertise into a nightly primetime show on the Fox News Channel. Where […]
I stood my ground, there on the lecture platform at the World Science Fiction Convention, and I repeated the heretical words that had sent them into animal hysterics: "Star Wars is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters is obscurist drivel; Star Trek can turn your brains into puree of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And […]
In case you were wondering, that poster on the wall in the background at the end of this season's premier when Levitt was talking to Houston was an 1899 production by Strobridge Lithographic featuring the minor magician Zan Zig:
They may bury him in the earth, And be hopey that his Backer, Keeping reaping Grim at lock and key, Will inspect the barn he built and see His worth, that he was one good cracker.
Via Bruce Schneier, a refreshing exploitation of the (modified) Prisoner's Dilemma round on the split-or-steal game show Golden Balls.
1) I have read and enjoyed George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire. 2) I hate and despise my fellow man. 3) It logically follows that this made me smile.
I have resisted what amounts to a dare by Patrick to geek out in front you all over the progress of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which has had two episodes now. Suffice it to say: I am rereading the series (in my iPad this time) in preparation for the 5th book in July, […]
There were many ways this old man could have handled his grandson's query about prejudice, a word his grandson was too young to understand. Or even to pronounce. He could have explained, without being judgmental, why it's best to think of our friends as individuals rather than classifying them as part of an arbitrary group. […]
Until then, I'll miss Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away after a long fight with cancer this morning. Fans of Doctor Who know Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, who accompanied the Doctor in the series' first golden age, while Tom Baker was playing the character in the early and mid-1970s. The character, and the actress who […]
HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game Of Thrones premiers Sunday. Set your clocks, and your hearts, for this once in a lifetime event Popehat readers. Unlike Ken (who I know is counting the seconds until Sunday night), I enjoy Atlas Shrugged as much as I enjoy A Game Of Thrones, which is to […]